July is the busiest month for the Tourist Development Council, with plenty of options to entertain and recreate.
Don’t let the hot temperatures keep you from enjoying all the area has to offer.
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Shop for produce, crafts at the Salt Air Farmers Market. The SaltAir Farmers Market is found at the corner of Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. and Reid Ave. on the first and third Saturdays of the month. The market is open 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Saturday. There will be art work, fresh baked goods, farm fresh produce, arts and crafts and more.
For additional information regarding participation in the market contact John Parker at 404-906-2637.
2. Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in Port St. Joe’s George Core Park. The St. Joseph Historical Society has expanded the lighthouse hours for the summer. The lighthouse is open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Wednesday through Saturday. For adults 13 and over, the cost to climb is $5 and for children under 12, but at least 44-inches tall, the cost for the climb is $3. Please, no flip-flops – climbers need sturdy shoes. Also, keep in mind, the Lighthouse Gift Shop, located inside the Sleeping Beauty keepers’ quarters is open during the same hours.
3. Go ride a bike. Rent a bike or haul yours out from the storage shed and take a spin down the Port City Trail in Port St. Joe. The path offers not only a shady respite, but a wonderful new look at the city and a spectacular view of Buck Griffin Lake.
4. Enjoy the beauty of St. Joseph Bay. Grab some snorkeling gear, or purchase some at several local stores, and dive into the St. Joseph Bay. Guests who splurge for a guided tour can learn the “sting ray shuffle” to uncover the underwater visitors and you may spot not only seagrass, whelks and blue crabs, but egg sacks from tube worms and horseshoe crabs. It’s a whole different world under there and its great exercise to boot.
5. Go for a jog. Ready to put those sidewalk slappers to the test? Visit the Loggerhead Run Path, an 8-mile trail which runs the length of Cape San Blas from T.H. Stone St. Joseph Peninsula State Park to Salinas Park along State 30E/Cape San Blas Road. Joggers visiting the area should take note that the trail offers a view that has to be seen to be believed.
6. Take a hike. Want to get off the beaten path? Gulf County offers rugged hiking and walking trails at the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park or Wewahitchka’s Dead Lakes Park where you can mix in some wildlife watching with your exercise. If you’d prefer something a bit tamer, you can’t go wrong checking out Port St. Joe’s BayWalk Trail, which stretches from the Gulf County Welcome Center to the PSJ Marina, and offers perhaps the most relaxing view you’ll find.